Aragón strenghtens ties with China during official visit

  • Aragón travels to China to boost its “proactive commitment” to the Silk Road and multiply Aragonese exports

  • An official delegation led by President Javier Lambán and the Ministers of Economy and Rural Development of Aragón is visiting Shanghai and Hangzhou this week.

  • Eleven companies from the region are exhibiting at China International Import Expo, the biggest trade exhibition in Asia.

The visit aims to strengthen government relations of Aragón with China, promote the region as a logistic link with the south of Europe, attract investors in various fields and support Aragonese companies in their entry and growth in this market. 

The first stop of the delegation wa Shanghai where, from November 5 to 10, the I International Import Exhibition of China (CIIE) is held, counting with the participation of about 2,800 companies and hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world. Eleven aragonese companies are exihbiting at the show.

Seizing the opportunity of his presence in Shanghai, Javier Lambán held meetings with the heads of Huawei technology company, interested in setting up a logistics center in Europe in the medium term, as well as with Aragonese residents in this Chinese city.

The eve of the opening of CIIE, Aragón’s president Javier Lambán participated in the inaugurational dinner alongside China’s president Xi Jinping and many other international leaders. He also participated in the Hongqiao International Economy and Trade Forum, organized by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China. This meeting, focused on new trends and new changes in economic development in the country and abroad, involved heads of state, businessmen (such as Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (L) and Jack Ma, co-founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group) and academics.

On November 6, the Aragonese delegation moved to the city of Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province, to hold several meetings with the municipal and provincial government, and the Government of the Xiaoshan district, one of the most important in this province in China in terms of e-commerce.

The government delegation signed memorandums of understanding with Dalian Manna, a technological campus leader in the sector with more than 180 companies installed there, and the Department of Trade and Investment of the province of Zhejiang.

Meetings were also held with the Government of Yiwu, to continue advancing in the commercial relations between both regions, and with the Official Chamber of Commerce of Spain in China. Representatives of the Madrid-Yiwu train “Yixinou” announced that on November 20, the train will stop in Zaragoza for the first time to load export goods from Aragón.

Minister of Economy, Industry and Employment Marta Gastón visited the headquarters of battery manufacturer DLG Power Battery, Meanwhile, the Minister of Rural Development and Sustainability, Joaquín Olona, ​​met with the representatives of the Minhang district, one of the main development poles of Shanghai.